We Need to Talk: Intel’s MICA — My Intelligent Communications Accessory

MICA_NEARMEOkay, this version is a limited featured, fashion accessory for stylish women, but a few beefed-up wearable siblings, with shock-proof and waterproof features, can’t be far behind. This is the CONTEXTUALIZATION PRINCIPAL’s best example so far — that has figured out, “INTELigently,” how to claim enough wearable body real estate without significant negative consequence, and takes the lead as the Star-Trecky IoT game-changer that will link every aspect of your life to a connected device worn on your wrist. Get your VISAs out, it’ll probably be ready for your holiday purchases. Read more on Intel’s website!

Niagara Analytics Framework Webinars! Register Now for Information and Demo!!

TridiumNIAGARA ANALYTICS FRAMEWORK WEBINARS! Be sure to register for more information and a demo!

Tridium’s new data analytics platform has all of the appealing hallmarks of the truly open Niagara Framework®, enabling you to leverage its power to transform data into actionable information. It combines a historical perspective with real-time insight, moving you from a reactive response to a more powerful proactive position. It’s easy to use and requires no specialized programming skills, yet it gives you advanced analytics.

Register for one of our informational webinars that will feature a demo:

Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m., Eastern

Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m., Eastern

Monday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m., Eastern

Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m., Eastern

Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m., Eastern

Thursday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m., Eastern

We invite those of you who haven’t done so already to visit the Niagara Analytics Framework website to join our Early Adopter Program, which is filling fast. Be among the first to experience the power of this new product. Early adopters receive:

Niagara Analytics Framework certification training for one person; One Niagara Analytics starter license; Invitation to participate in a monthly contest in 2015 for visibility within the Niagara community, recognition at the 2016 Niagara Summit and the opportunity to win a grand prize.

Space is reserved for the first 200 eligible participants who join before the November 21 deadline.

JOIN TODAY

Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada, Early Bird Rates End November 14th!

Cybersecurity_Canada An invitation from Carrie Simon, Marketing Manager, IQPC: “I would like to inform you that IQPC’s Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada agenda is now available for download! This year’s summit will include elite speakers and engaging panel discussions.”

Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada will provide you with industry-specific insight to get your information/cyber security team prepared to overcome challenges like targeted cyber attacks and data loss and exploitation. You can also look forward to learning how to effectively manage the risks of operating in a threat landscape in order to advance your corporate goals by aligning information & cyber security to enable better business practices.

To view the just released 2014 agenda click here or visit www.CyberSecurityOilGas.com. To receive a copy directly, email me at carrie.simon@iqpc.com.

Confirmed Speakers Include:
Zoltan Palmai, Team Lead, Network Security – Security & Access Operations IRSM, Chevron
Craig Coughlan, Supervisor Incident Response Threat Assessment, Enbridge
James Williamson, IT Compliance & Risk, Enbridge
Hani Mansi, Director, Risk & Information Security, ATCO
Richard Rowlandson, Network Security Analyst, AECOM
Staff Sergeant Ryan Jepson, Electronic Surveillance Unit, Calgary Police Service
Senior Constable Shafik Punja, Technological Crimes Team (TCT), Calgary Police Service
Geoff Shukin, Senior SE Western Canada, Palo Alto Networks
Vincent Chiew, President & Co-Founder, (ISC)2
Owen Key, CSO, City of Calgary

Oil & Gas Cyber Security 2014: Threats & Countermeasures: Cyber attacks have become the scourge of the Information Age. In a recent report by Think Tank and publisher, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the global energy sector was cited as the most vulnerable global industry to cyber incursion. With this in mind, we surveyed our database of IT and cyber security professionals to see what they thought about threats to the hydrocarbon industry.

You can download the infographic here. To receive a copy via email, you can contact me directly at carrie.simon@iqpc.com.

Pricing & Registration Information: Reserve your spot by November 14th and take advantage of our early bird rates to save $500 OFF standard pricing. To receive the early bird discount, enter the promo code: COS_MCD.

To register, visit www.CyberSecurityOilGas.com, call 1-800- 882-8684 or email carrie.simon@iqpc.com

Ken Sinclair’s November Edition of Automated Buildings: The “I of Me” of IoT

IoTavnet Excerpt from Ken Sinclair’s comments on IoT: “Your present IoT understanding, which I choose to whimsically call “The I of Me” greatly controls your comprehension and expectations of what those three letters might mean to you and those around you. The art, science, and social interaction of our time “The Internet of Things” (IoT), reflects life and is affecting all of our lives daily so get over it.” Click here for complete article.

Another flurry of great articles in automatedbuildings.com’s November Issue featuring:

Standardizing the Internet of Things by Jim Sinopoli, Smart Buildings LLC

IoT is Changing Facility Management by Eric Graham, CrowdComfort

Wearable Technologies — Is this the Next Thing? by Chip Pieper

Haystack Connect 2015 by John Petze, Marc Petock, Project Haystack

The Cutting-Edge of IoT by Therese Sullivan, BuildingContext Ltd

Coil “Crime Scene” Investigation by Dean Taylor, Jim Lee, Cimetrics Inc.

USGBC and a new Electric Standard by Jack McGowan, The McGowan Group

Let There be Lighting Control by Roger Woodward, Tridium Europe

Return on Internet of Things Investments? by Allan McHale, Memoori

Is Your Office a Downer? by Bob Best, JLL

#NaaS (Niagara as a Service) by Rav Panchalingam, VAE Group

Echelon Goes “All In” on IoT by Allan McHale, Memoori

Data Center Infrastructure Management by Sev Onyshkevych, FieldView Solutions.

Tridium Launches New Niagara Analytics Framework

TridiumPut the power of the new Niagara Analytics Framework to work for your business! Early Adopter Space is reserved for the first 200 eligible participants. Join before the November 21 deadline.

Tridium is excited to announce the availability of the new Niagara Analytics Framework* – the only data analytics engine native to Niagara. This powerful new product will enable you to leverage the power of Niagara to shrink big data and grow performance. The new Niagara Analytics Framework can be used in any industry or with any application. It runs on any system that produces data and can be applied to any operation.

What this means for you:

It has all the appealing hallmarks of the truly open Niagara platform, enabling you to leverage its power to transform data into actionable information.
It combines a historical perspective with real-time insight, moving you from a reactive response to a more powerful proactive position.
It’s easy to use and requires no specialized programming skills, yet it gives you advanced analytics.

LEARN MORE
Introducing our Early Adopter Program

We invite you to be among the first to experience the power of the Niagara Analytics Framework. Join our Early Adopter Program to receive:
Special introductory pricing on a starter license;
Niagara Analytics Framework certification training for one person;
Invitation to participate in a monthly contest in 2015 for visibility within the Niagara community, recognition at the 2016 Niagara Summit and the opportunity to win a grand prize;
Space is reserved for the first 200 eligible participants who join before the November 21 deadline.

JOIN TODAY
We look forward to giving you more information and welcoming you to our Early Adopter Program so that you can begin using the framework to drive efficiency and capture cost savings.

*The Niagara Analytics Framework runs on NiagaraAX SupervisorTM and uses the standard Niagara toolset. It’s compatible with NiagaraAX 3.7.106 or later. Our open API supports third-party visualization and other complementary apps.

CoRE Tech 2014 – The Number One Program on Corporate Real Estate Innovation in the World!

A message from Jim Young, Co-Founder and CEO CoRE Tech: There are many moving parts in managing the real estate assets of a corporation; hundreds of processes, a great amount of data and many analog tools. Because of this, innovation, technology and automation will continue to significantly impact how we use and operate corporate facilities.

CoRE Tech 2014 will be at the epicenter of the Corporate Real Estate and Facility transformation. We have assembled the most innovative users of space, the ones taking the risks along with the solution providers at the forefront of these changes, all in one place.

There is simply no other place, no other education program in the world, that focuses on transforming corporate real estate and facilities through the use of innovation, technology or automation.

2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference October 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta, GA

ics_cybersecurityAs the longest-running cyber security-focused conference for the industrial control systems sector, the 2014 ICS Conference will cater to the energy, utility, chemical, transportation, manufacturing, and other industrial and critical infrastructure organizations. The conference will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.

The 2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference will address the myriad cyber threats facing operators of ICS around the world, and will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.

Bigger and better than ever before, select sessions of interest in the 2014 ISC Conference will include:

* A summary and status of the two utilities performing Aurora hardware mitigation projects in conjunction with the Department of Defense
* A summary and status of the two utility ICS cyber security test beds (the equipment is the same as in water, oil/gas, pipelines, chemicals, etc.
* A summary and status of the Department of Defense ICS cyber security test bed
* A summary of the recovery and remediation actions from one the most significant ICS cyber incidents to date – complete loss of DCS logic with plants at power
* A summary of Project Shine findings
Discussions of recent non-North American ICS cyber incidents
* Immerse yourself in the reality of managing a plant under cyber-attack: Play KIPS, the Kaspersky Industrial Protection Simulation

Online Registration!

Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement

DOE1The Building Technologies Office (BTO)’s Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of nearly $8 million under the Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001166. This FOA combines an early-stage research and development topic (Innovations) with a later-stage research and development topic (Frontiers) that complements the core funding provided to the national labs. The FOA allows all interested parties, including corporations, universities, and non-profits as well as the national labs, to contribute to advancement in two of these core technological areas: non-vapor compression HVAC technologies and advanced vapor compression HVAC technologies. It is anticipated that six awards will be made and range from $500,000 to $1.5 million

Applications for this funding opportunity are open under the following topics:

INNOVATIONS: Non-vapor Compression HVAC Technologies – This topic includes developing approaches and technologies for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) that replace vapor compression technologies, which are currently the dominant HVAC technologies due to their scalability, relatively compact size, high reliability, and other attributes. However, vapor compression technologies make use of conventional refrigerants. This research topic seeks to explore long-term non-vapor compression solutions that result in HVAC equipment that does not use refrigerants. Solutions for both natural gas and for electric HVAC equipment are of interest.

FRONTIERS: Advanced Vapor Compression HVAC Technologies – Regional HVAC solutions offer significant energy saving potential for new construction and the existing building stock. Today’s vapor compression equipment has limited cooling control. This topic seeks to develop equipment optimized for specific environments and that can provide dramatic improvements in energy efficiency with modest increases to equipment costs. Because the building stock increases by only a few percent annually, concepts which are applicable only to new construction will have limited energy savings potential. Therefore, concepts that are applicable to both new construction and retrofits of existing buildings are particularly encouraged.

HOW TO APPLY: This funding opportunity is open to individuals, corporations, universities, non-profits, as well as national labs. The final funding amount is subject to congressional appropriations.

Project Haystack Announces Haystack Connect 2015 Conference

Project HaystackThis is THE EVENT that Connects Community and Ecosystem — Driving Smart Data, Smart Devices, Smart Buildings and Smart Business!

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO –October, 14, 2015 Project Haystack, a non-profit, 501C organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices announced the dates and venue for the Haystack Connect 2015 conference.

Taking place May 18-May 20, 2015 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs Colorado, Haystack Connect 2015 is an open forum conference where the community of leading technology suppliers, systems integrators and forward looking end users come together to advance the state of the art in managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data generated by today’s smart devices and equipment systems.

Haystack Connect provides a unique venue for professionals involved in automation, control and the Internet of Things to come together to learn and share the latest techniques for connecting systems and utilizing device data in applications including intelligent buildings, energy management, remote monitoring, and other smart-device applications. Session topics will include data acquisition, communications, protocol translation, data visualization, analytics and methods to effectively bring data together for improved systems and equipment performance.

What Is Project Haystack? The devices that make up the Internet of Things – automation systems, metering systems, sensors and smart devices – produce tremendous amounts of data. This data is very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in several different formats; has inconsistent naming conventions and very limited data descriptors. In essence it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data. And without meaning a time-consuming manual effort is required before value creation can begin.

Taking cues from other data intensive applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and others who utilize tags and semantic data models, the work developed by the Project-Haystack community addresses this challenge by defining and easy to use methodology to describe the meaning of data. This enables software applications to automatically consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems.

Project Haystack is an open, flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard for today’s common equipment systems and devices that makes it easy and simple for software applications to consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems in the same way and with the same meaning.

Since its formation in March of 2011, Project-Haystack.org has grown tremendously providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment where people and organizations work together to address the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling (also known as tagging) to streamline the interchange of data among software applications. The community has developed a flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard models for common equipment systems. The standard includes detailed documentation describing the data modeling techniques, significant libraries of equipment models, and software reference implementations to easily enable software applications to consume smart device data that is “marked up” with Project-Haystack data descriptions. More information on Project-Haystack can be found at: www.project-haystack.org.

About Haystack Connect 2015: Connecting Companies, Communities and People who are re-defining smart and connected systems, Haystack Connect 2015 is the event that brings together the systems integrators, technology suppliers and customers who are leading the way to more efficient and sustainable buildings and advanced smart-device applications. Haystack Connect is a unique “open forum” conference organized and sponsored by the community, for the community.

Contacts:

John Petze
Project Haystack, Executive Director
Principal, SkyFoundry
john@skyfoundry.com

Marc Petock
Project Haystack, Secretary
Lynxspring, Inc. Vice President, Marketing
marc.petock@lynxspring.com

Realcomm’s Jim Young asks Cisco’s Rick Huijbregts, “Are You Back?”

Cisco’s venture into the building space with the Mediator came and went — leaving a lot of unanswered questions behind. In response to Jim Young’s first question, “Is Cisco Back?” Rick Huijbregts, VP, Industry Transformation and General Manager, IoE Smart + Connected Communities at Cisco Canada, answers, “Yes,” and that “Cisco is here to stay,” as he reviewed Cisco’s past, present, and future positions — and reminded everybody that Cisco enters billion dollar opportunities quickly, as they did in the telephony, video, and data center markets. Cisco has the option to make, buy, or partner their way into the smart connected building market, and in this instance, Cisco has chosen to partner with companies like Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Schneider, Rockwell, and Intel. Cisco sees tremendous opportunities in the IoE, with particular focus in the IoT and cloud services, and has created four IoE Centers of Excellence to accelerate the co-creation of future real estate and smart communities advancements.